This info-graphic goes with the Cesarean Awareness Month blog from last week. It sums up the points of the blog. Hopefully it makes a difference to the birth experiences of any pregnant people who may need some information and support. Please feel free to share.
In the United States the Cesarean rate is a lot higher than it could be, We can take some control over our birth experiences by following these 7 tips.
1. FIND OUT YOUR HOSPITAL'S CESAREAN RATES
You can check the cesarean rates at the hospitals near you or ask during your hospital tour.
2. CHOOSE YOUR PROVIDER CAREFULLY, CONSIDER USING A MIDWIFE
Ask your medical provider what their cesarean rates are and if you don't like the answer or they don't want to tell you, switch providers.
Cesarean Awareness Month was started by ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) to shine a spotlight on the large number of cesarean births in the United States. ICAN also wanted to bring attention to the lack of access women have to VBAC supportive medical care. In 2016 the cesarean rate in the U.S. was 31.9%, going down from 32% in 2015 but still not where we need to be. The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends a target of 10-15%. Research shows that most pregnant people want to deliver vaginally and half of the Cesareans performed are not medically necessary. So, what's up?